Jammu, July 31, 2021: Apni Party, Provincial President, Jammu, Manjit Singh today demanded property rights for the farmers in Jabowal Panchayat, Bishnah.
A meeting of active leaders and workers of the Party was organised by District President Rural-B, Neljan Arora in Jabowal in which issues of farmers in border Panchayat were discussed.
Addressing during the programme, Provincial President, Jammu, Manjit Singh said that the farmers have concerns over the use of land which comes under fence and ahead of fence as the Govt. has not granted them ownership rights on the land.
“The agricultural land has been allotted in the names of the Displaced Persons but they have no property right on the land they are holding which is a grave cause of concern for them,” said Manjit Singh.
He demanded that the farmers should be given property rights on the land they are holding so that they can get compensation. “There is fear that their land may be taken over by the Govt for various purposes and they may not be entitled for the compensation despite keeping the land protected for years following its allotment to them,” he said.
He also demanded that the electricity and water bills should be waived off and the farmers should not be forced to pay the bills keeping in view the covid lockdown from the last two months.
He said that these Displaced Persons had to abandon homes and ownership land in Chhamb (Akhnoor) in 1965 and 1971 wars and then they were allotted Custodian Land by the Govts. However, they have not been given property rights which is a serious concern for the farmers.
He said that the farmers in the border belt have concerns that the canal water did not reach the tail end villages and it affects the cultivation.
He said that the farmers should be given compensation for the damage to the standing wheat crops.
“Over 1000 kanals of agricultural fields have been destroyed due to accidental fire incidents for which the farmers should be given compensation,” he added.
Earlier, District President Jammu Rural – B, Neljan Arora highlighted various demands of the farmers and highlighted agenda and policies of Apni Party. He said that the Party has received overwhelming response from the people across Jammu.
Ex-MLA, Bishnah, Kamal Arora who also spoke on the occasion said that the farmers constantly live under the danger of ceasefire violations and therefore, all the families on the International Border should be provided bunkers.
Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion include Provincial Secretary, Dr Rohit Gupta, State President Apni Trade Union, Ajaz Kazmi, State SC Coordinator Bodh Raj Bhagat, State Coordinator OBC Madan Lal Chalotra, Sardeesh Rana and others.